Sometimes we just need to hear a hopeful word! I turn to Scripture when the world winds me a little too tight. I often meet the very words of encouragement that I seek at just the right time in just the right way. I hope that is your experience too! The “I AM” seems to always know right where I am.

The Gospel of John is one of those places I often travel when life gets the better of me. In John Chapters 8-14, we encounter some of those soul resonating words of Jesus that melt away the troubles of this world like a hot knife going through butter.

I don’t claim these to be Jesus’ greatest hits, what I claim is these are a sampling of the words that mysteriously and wonderfully soothe my soul. Imagine Jesus standing directly in front of you saying these words while looking directly at you with eyes that know everything about your life right now:

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but have the light of life.

I tell you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.

I am the light of the world.

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father.

My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.

May these words encourage you, strengthen you, and sustain you. They have that impact on me. They have that impact on me when I remember who spoke these words. It was God.

God’s Peace,